Hey there! It’s me, Heidi.
Picture this: You’re super excited because you just got cast as the leading lady in your high school/community/regional/touring/whatever theatrical production. Like…. this is SUPER exciting. You get fitted for your costume, which is gorgeous by the way, you go through the whole rehearsal process, and it’s finally opening night. You go out onto the stage, give the performance of a lifetime, you even get to put a big smackeroo on your leading man that you not-so-secretly have a killer crush on, you look over at him and your lipstick is all over his face and no longer on yours. Of course, the audience giggles. Why wouldn’t they? I mean… how embarrassing is that, right?
I recently acquired a product from this cool gal Courtney that I want to share with you guys because, especially for my performer friends out there, this is something I wish I had when I was in shows and can help you to avoid scenarios like the one above. You’ve probably heard of it before. It’s called LipSense by a company called SeneGence. Lipsense is a long lasting liquid lip color that is pretty much smudge proof. Honestly, it’s more of a super pigmented lip stain than it is a lipstick that you coat with lip gloss. Courtney sent me some to try out and y’all… this stuff is magical. We’re talking unicorn powers here.
So, there’s a lot of controversy going around right now with folks saying that LipSense is the “official lip color of Broadway.” This is actually false. There’s no such thing as the “official lip color of Broadway.” Each Broadway show has it’s own production team that is in charge of all money sources and sponsors, so there is literally no way to have one official lip color for every single Broadway show. That being said, after trying it out for myself, I can honestly see where LipSense would be SUCH a great tool for Broadway makeup artists to have in their kits… which is why I’m going to give this a definite recommendation especially for you performers out there.
There’s three different products that I tried out: the Long Lasting Liquid Lip Color, the Moisturizing Gloss, and the Ooops! Remover. At first I thought, “A three step process for lip color? Seriously?” But, in order to get the full effect and have the results you want with this color, yes, all three steps are absolutely necessary.
Step 1: Long Lasting Liquid Lip Color
I tried this out in the color Blu-Red. It’s a super bright red that would be fabulous for stage. I may even use it this Christmas and New Years Eve. So I followed the instructions on the bottle that tell you to, in one swipe, put a layer of lip color on from corner to corner of your lip and let it dry for 3-5 seconds. You do this on the top and bottom. I tried only one coat, and it was lighter than I wanted, so after the 3-5 seconds, I did a second coat. If I was using this for the stage, I would use the recommended three coats, but I was just going to work and didn’t want to over-do it. At first I was like what the heck am I putting on my lips? This stuff is sticky, it’s itchy, it tastes terrible, I cannot go all day with this on my lips. But as soon as I put the moisturizing lip gloss on that changed.
Step 2: Moisturizing Gloss
The moisturizing gloss is absolutely necessary. I used the color Glossy Gloss, which I believe is just a clear gloss that gives you some shine. The lip color itself will stay on, but it’s going to leave your lips so dry and sticky which is completely miserable and not attractive at all. The gloss gives your lips a wonderfully shiny layer without being sparkly. Your lips just look moist and supple, and they no longer feel like they’re going to crack open at any moment. If you’re planning on using this for a decently long run of a show, I would probably get two of the lip glosses. You barely need any of the color because it’s so pigmented, but you have got to keep re-applying the moisturizing gloss lest your lips be icky and sticky.
Step 3: Ooops! Remover
This is makeup remover specifically for your lips. I did a little experiment and tried to just use water to wipe the color off, and it just doesn’t work. Which is a good thing if what you’re looking for is long lasting, smudge free lip color. You use the remover just like a lip gloss. Swipe the stick over your lips and then use a kleenex or face cloth of cotton ball to remove the lip color. It wipes right off! It’s really amazing how well it works. Now, because I had a very red color, I had to use the remover twice to get all of the remnants off of my face and to make sure I didn’t have a red ring around my mouth after I took it off, but it for sure is the best way to take this stuff off.
There are over 50 colors that I counted that you can choose from depending on the occasion or whatever role you’re playing. The lip color alone is $25, which is pretty pricey, but it’s not any more expensive than going somewhere like Sephora for a good quality makeup. The gloss is $20 alone, and the Oops! Remover is $10. There may be a way to bundle items and not purcahse all three individually, but don’t quote me on that, I’m not 100% sure. That would be something to ask Courtney if you go ahead and order from her. SeneGence has other products besides just LipSense, too, but I can’t speak to those products as I have not tried them myself.
The verdict: I would probably not use LipSense in everyday life, but for a special occasion like the holidays that are coming up or if I ever find myself on stage again I will definitely be whipping out my LipSense color.
Until next time,
Wandering Thespian (who now has awesome lips)